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Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

1. Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

Explore the culinary wonderland of the Tsukiji Outer Market with a knowledgeable local guide and sample some delicious local treats along the way. Learn about the outer market as you make your way through its maze of narrow lanes lined with 400 shops. Listen as your guide explains the tricks of the trade and reveals the market's best-kept secrets. Chat to vendors and sample the local delicacies. Once your tour is over, stay at the market and continue shopping or visit one of the restaurants. Ask your guide for recommendations on the best areas and restaurants to visit.

Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

2. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

3. Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Tokyo’s quirky underbelly on a personalized tour of bustling Shibuya and pop culture paradise Harajuku. Get a snapshot of the city’s weird and wonderful attractions as you’re led down its liveliest streets (and those only locals know about). You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide in bohemian Shimokitazawa, an area that’s off the Tokyo tourist trail where local artists and musicians move between cool thrift shops and vintage record stores lining tightly packed streets too narrow for cars. Peer into the tiny shops on your way to Tomigaya, a quiet oasis filled with cafes and artisanal coffee shops not far from frenetic, flashy Shibuya, then stroll through Nabeshima Shoto Park – once a tea plantation in the late 1800s, today the park is a popular spot for locals to kick back on a bench and watch the world go by. Next, stop off at the strangely out-of-place Moyai Statue, a massive landmark modeled on the Moai of Easter Island, then make the mad dash across Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world (and certainly the busiest in Japan). Jostle your way through hordes of locals on your way to the zelkova tree-lined avenue of upmarket Omotesando, and pass cool designer stores – and even some urban farm animals – on your way to bright and bustling Takeshita Street, a pedestrian shopping exploding with colorful boutiques, cafes, and eateries. Then, why not grab a bite (or several)? Catch your breath with a drink at the whimsical Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku, a quintessential snapshot of the area’s obsession with all things adorable. Check out the Purikura (print club) shop, where 25 retro photo booth machines make a great alternative to a selfie stick, and end your day in one of Tokyo's largest city parks, Yoyogi, with a peaceful stroll to the century-old Meiji Shrine. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local tour operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Japanese Street Food Tour

4. Japanese Street Food Tour

Try the delicious side of Shibuya, a place more known for being at the forefront of culture and fashion, and rarely known for its food.  This tour will show you the places to go in Shibuya, the places the locals go, so the next time you visit you can do so as a local. Get the chance to visit 5 food stops and try: Kobe Beef Skewers, Osaka Takoyaki, Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, 5 types of Sushi and Taiyaki (Japanese dessert). Nestled in the back alleys, these places are unforgettable and an experience you wont want to miss. End your journey with a tour of Shibuya Depachika (underground food market).

Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

5. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

Explore the alleys of Tokyo's Shinbashi area, known for its rustic izakayas (pubs) and food stalls. Grab some of the most satisfying food on the planet as you discover the vibrant district after dark! Start by entering the chasm of eateries overrun on a nightly basis by the working class of Japan. Join the thousands of businessmen who go to their favorite izakaya bar for a quick bite and cold beer before going home. Stop for some sashimi (raw fish), large gyoza (dumplings) and tamagoyaki (omelet), and then continue to a yakitori stall serving skewered meat and veggies cooked over an open fire. Wind your way through the maze of izakayas to find one of the most hidden okonomiyaki (pancake) shops, where only the locals go. Savor an authentic okonomiyaki with a drink before heading back to Shinbashi Station for the end of the tour.

Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

6. Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

Head to Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment area, and join locals as you grab a bite and a drink on a walking tour in the evening. Taste local flavors as you try different drinks and snacks, learning about the area from your local guide along the way. Kick off your evening at a Japanese izakaya-style gastropub for their happy hour. As this is a favorite pastime of many Japanese, spend some leisurely time chatting with your fellow tour mates over drinks and snacks. Then, meander through Omoide Yokocho, a collection of alleyways full of tiny bars and eateries. Get a peek at the different type of food joints locals usually eat at, from yakitori restaurants and soba shops to cafes and bars. If you'd like to come visit again on your own time, Omoide Yokocho is a great place to sit and eat elbow-to-elbow with local businessmen. See how they unwind after working hours. Later on, reach Kabukicho, an area full to the brim with over 3,000 shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and karaoke. Awash in bright neon lights, Kabukicho is one of Tokyo’s most photogenic areas. With streets filled with people and music blaring from every corner, you are sure never to have a boring evening in Kabukicho. End your evening in Golden Gai, a compact neighborhood full of tiny bars that can usually only seat six to eight people at a time. It is here in Shinjuku’s most popular drinking spot where you will stumble upon one of your guide’s favorite bars and say kanpai (cheers!) over more drinks. From here, your guide can either give you directions back to your hotel, your next destination, or leave you chatting through the night with new friends.

Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

7. Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

Join your local guide on this Tokyo Night Foodie Tour and discover Shinjuku, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Visit three famous venues loved by the locals. While enjoying the delicious cuisine, also learn about Japanese food culture and the complex Shinjuku area through this tour. Start the trip by visiting a sushi restaurant tucked in the Shinjuku underground. Here, an authentic Sushi chef, or Itamae, will create beautiful sushi creations right before your eyes. Your chef will prepare fresh sushi using the fish inside restaurant’s own fish tank. Next, visit a Yakiniku restaurant located near Shinjuku station. This restaurant pays tribute to the late Toshiro Mifune. Here, you will prepare your own Japanese BBQ, featuring the famous Wagyu. Enjoy your time grilling the meat with an authentic Japanese shichirin, or BBQ stove. Next, wander around the hustling bustling Kabuki-Cho. Make your final stop right in front of the famous Godzilla TOHO Theater at an artisan gelato store in a quiet, cozy cafe.

Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

8. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

Learn to prepare an authentic Japanese meal in an apartment in central Tokyo. Roll up your sleeves as you enter your host's kitchen to make dishes based on traditional family recipes from miso soup to nikujaga and chirashi sushi. Get an introduction to the essential ingredients of Japanese cuisine like dashi, miso and mirin and prepare a meal that will be served on beautiful, Japanese dishes. After cooking together, you will share a delicious homemade meal with your host at the dining table over conversation about food and life in Japan. Feast on authentic Japanese home-cooked dishes such as nikujaga (a dish of meat and potatoes stewed in soy sauce) or seasonal fish (slow-cooked or grilled), eggplant with dengaku miso, dashi egg rolls, homemade miso soup, and dessert. Menu varies based on season and dietary preferences. Leave with new recipes, a full stomach, a true glimpse into a local’s life, and an appreciation of Japanese cuisine and culture.

Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour with Local Ramen Guru

9. Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour with Local Ramen Guru

At 3 award-winning ramen shops, sample 6 completely different mini bowls of delicious ramen. These are approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the size of full ramen bowls, which allows you to eat a great variety of ramen on your tour. Choose 6 from a selection of 11 ramen mini bowls. Learn all about ramen, from its history to its preparation. Discover a different ramen topic at each of the shops, via colorful handouts and visuals.  The tour will take place in three unique Tokyo neighborhoods, including Shibuya. At shop 1 sample light fish ramen and learn about ramen origins and types. Head to a cozy little ramen shop with unique fish-based ramen that you would not find outside of Japan. At shop 2 savory curry ramen and learn about ramen preparation. Have perfectly balanced curry ramen with flavors that you will never forget. At shop 3 sample a fusion pork ramen and learn about ramen trends and the future for ramen. These are perhaps the best bowls for photographs. Enjoy this fun and delicious fusion tonkotsu ramen. 

Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

10. Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

Start the tour in Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district nestled underneath the train tracks and step into narrow, lantern-lined streets to get a taste of 70s-style Japan. Here, you’ll enjoy typical snacks and starters at local izakayas frequented by locals. Move on to Ginza, exploring high-end, specialty goods, like a $400 melon and visit a famous Sembei (rice cracker) shop which dates back to the early 1800s. Complete your evening by wandering through Shinbashi’s nearby maze of eateries, izakayas and standing bars. The tour finishes with one last bite - dessert, of course.

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I met my guide at the designated meeting place near the station. She was early so we had extra time to get acquainted. I was the only on the tour so Kazumi was very flexible to my interests. She was informative, engaging, and warm - all along expressing her genuine love for the city and showing non-locals the insiders’ way around the market. She was prepared with literature, graphics and pictures. We had fantastic treats - exceptional quality of ingredients. I recommend this tour with Kazumi. One small recommendation: I would suggest shifting the tour time slightly to bridge the lunch time opening of some establishments in order to timely spread the tastings before, during, and after the lunch period.

I loved this fun and unique tour. There are so many ramen restaurants in Tokyo that it is almost impossible to know which ones are the best. I loved that this tour took care of that for me. I also loved the ramen education that Frank provided and the opportunity to try five different types of ramen from classic to unusual. I am so happy to have found this tour and very highly recommend it.

Highly recommend! Tetsu-san was very knowledgeable about the area and I really enjoyed talking to him throughout the entire tour! Next time you're in Tokyo I highly recommend this tour!

Tomoko san was great. She guided us through the fish market knowledgeably and efficiently. she knew immediately what our group required and was very patient and amiable.

Perfect! One of our highlights in 3 months Japan. Very good teacher and tasty reciepes! If you want to learn how to make good Sushi - go there!